UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST SCOTLAND

Applied Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   Yes

Biomedical scientists working in hospital labs carry out tests on clinical specimens, the result inform the effective diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of disease by medical staff. 

The BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science has been developed in partnership with the National Health Service and the Health & Care Professions Council, and provides a route for you to become a professional Biomedical Scientist, working in NHS-accredited hospital laboratories. 

You will develop advanced knowledge and skills, learning scientific theory in the lecture theatre and gaining practical skills in the laboratory. 

Students have undertaken research projects through the ERASMUS+ project in Europe.

Please note: international students from outside the EEA are ineligible to participate in the work-placement elements of these courses.

Programme description

Biomedical scientists working in hospital labs carry out tests on clinical specimens, the result inform the effective diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of disease by medical staff. 

The BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science has been developed in partnership with the National Health Service and the Health & Care Professions Council, and provides a route for you to become a professional Biomedical Scientist, working in NHS-accredited hospital laboratories. 

You will develop advanced knowledge and skills, learning scientific theory in the lecture theatre and gaining practical skills in the laboratory. 

Students have undertaken research projects through the ERASMUS+ project in Europe.

Please note: international students from outside the EEA are ineligible to participate in the work-placement elements of these courses.

Key Modules

UWS graduates are well qualified to enter a range of related medical professions including:  

  •  NHS hospital laboratories 
  • Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service laboratories 
  • Health Protection Agency laboratories 
  • research & development laboratories for the medical, pharmaceutical, veterinary and food sectors 
  • primary and secondary teaching  
  • nursing 
Module & Subject

Year 1
In year 1 you will complete modules in biology and chemistry, which will underpin your knowledge and understanding throughout your degree. You will also learn how to critically evaluate scientific data and information and conduct statistical analysis using computer technology.

LEARNING AND TEACHING:
Scheduled learning: 26%
Independent study: 74%

ASSESSMENT:
Written Exams: 8%
Practical: 12%
Coursework: 80%


Year 2
In year 2 you will be introduced to the themes that make up biomedical science including clinical biochemistry, haematology and transfusion science, microbiology and cellular pathology.

LEARNING AND TEACHING:
Scheduled learning: 29%
Independent study: 71%

ASSESSMENT:
Written exams: 45%
Practical: 13% ,Coursework: 42%


Year 3
In year 3 you will complete modules in clinical chemistry, cellular and molecular pathology, haematology, immunology and medical microbiology. Much of your teaching will take place in NHS laboratories, with expert tuition from NHS staff.

Applied Biomedical Science students will also undertake a 15-week integrated work placement in an NHS hospital laboratory.

LEARNING AND TEACHING:
Scheduled learning: 24%
Independent study: 76%

ASSESSMENT:
Written exams: 38%
Practical: 4%
Coursework: 58%


Year 4
In year 4 you will study specialist aspects of biomedical science at an advanced level.

You will also complete a research dissertation in a topic of your choice.

LEARNING AND TEACHING:
Scheduled learning: 40%
Independent study: 59%
Placement: 1%

ASSESSMENT:
Written exams: 30%
Practical: 13%
Coursework: 57%
Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in group work and independent learning to develop your transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team.

This degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:

Written examinations
Coursework
Practical assessment
Learn a Language (optional)
This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

Course Structure
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Entry Requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

COMMON EQUIVALENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE QUALIFICATIONS

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 years
Course Fee:  12100.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Paisley Campus Paisley PA1 2BE Scotland United Kingdom
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER